Twice a year the Classification Office runs a programme for senior Media Studies students called Censor for a Day. It is usually held during the first and third terms.
The event takes senior high school students through the process of classifying a film. They are given an introduction to the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993, the students then watch a pre-release film. Following a tea break, students work through a modified consideration sheet which mimics the process used to classify publications. The day finishes with a discussion and questions.
The programme rotates between different regional locations.
2013: Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland
Invitations for schools to participate in Censor for a Day are sent out a few months before each event. If you are a teacher and would like to receive an invitation, contact us to make sure we have the most up-to-date contact details for your school. The Classification Office runs a limited programme and seats fill up fast, so we encourage you to respond quickly when the invitation emails are sent out.
Censor for a Day was held in Term 1, 2013 in Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. After spending the morning learing about the classification law, students watched the film Trance and undertook a classification exercise.
After each Censor for a Day event the Classification Office puts together a report about who came, what film they saw, and what they said about the film and the classification system.
Because not every school can come to Censor for a Day, the Classification Office has produced a classroom DVD resource to help students understand New Zealand's classification system, using footage from Censor for a Day and clips from films.